[DML] Re: Rotting Deloreans
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[DML] Re: Rotting Deloreans

Modern radial tires can be left in one position for extended periods. They will flat-spot but it will go away quickly after you drive the car. For periods over 6 months (winter storage), Mikes G's advice is probably among the best, remove the tires and store them in a cool, dark place with the car on jackstands supporting the suspension. Current advice on tires is that if they are over 7 years old they should be replaced no matter how good they look. I would also add that all fuel should be removed and the battery removed to a place that stays above freezing. It should be trickle-charged for 1 day once a month. If it is over 5 years old just replace it when you revive the car. Jacking a rotten Delorean can be a dangerous affair. If the front is really bad you can cause serious damage to it, bending the whole front. Same goes for the engine cradle. Use blocks of wood to spread the lifting forces as much as possible. A frame in good shape is very stiff and can be lifted at just about any point. The higher you can raise the car the better to allow air to circulate. Moisture from the ground can destroy a frame but if you have a concrete floor it is not much of an issue. I would not leave a Delorean in a mine (like in the movie) and expect it to be in any kind of decent shape after 30 years!
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Gutkowski <martin@...> wrote:
> I'm sorry to be so blunt, but that's a load of....
> The steel chassis will not creep if supported under the engine cradle 
> and between the front shock towers. It's extremely strong and it's 
> designed that way.
> Martin
> cbl1739 wrote:
> > With a Delorean,not a great idea, with a rear mounted engine and a mild frame and fiberglass body it might not be wise to put it on jack stands for LONG term storage, as in the long term it might distort the frame or cause other undesirable effects,such as sticking doors or knocking them out of wack or EVEN possible cracking of the windshield and possible cracking of the epoxy coating on the frame leading to future rust on the frame while in storage....best bet is to put junk tires on it while in storage...just lay down(ie:drive or push the car) on a tarp under the car to prevent moisture from the ground or concrete from getting at the under-carriage--- 
> >
> > Claude
> >


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